LEEDS, England – Norman Hunter, a former Leeds defender who was part of the English squad who won the World Cup in 1966, died on Friday with COVID-19. He was 76.
Hunter, nicknamed "Bites Yer Legs" for his tough attacks, was hospitalized last week and died early Friday, Leeds said.
"He leaves a big hole in the Leeds United family, his legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman's family and friends in this very difficult time," Leeds said in a statement.
Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and won two championship titles and the FA Cup.
He also played 28 times for England. Although he was in the World Cup squad in 1966, he did not play in a match at the finals in England and only received a medal in 2009.
Originally, only the 11 players were awarded medals at the end of the victory over West Germany.
Hunter was also the winner of the first PFA player of the year in 1974.
“Everyone at the PFA is deeply sad to hear about death. Football has lost a legend and we are mourning the loss with the entire football community, ”the players union wrote on Twitter.
Former English striker Gary Lineker also paid tribute to Hunter on social media.
"Sad news: Norman Hunter has passed away," Lineker wrote. “I grew up with this great (at) LUFC site, in which he was instrumental. This terrible virus was a crunching device too far, but it will bite its legs somewhere. RIP Norman. "
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